Jamaica’s most decorated track and field athlete, Veronica Campbell-Brown, has received the People Profile Lifetime Achievement Award.
VCB, as she affectionately called, was presented with the award at a black-tie gala at the Sunrise Civic Centre in Sunrise, Florida, on Sunday (5 Sept).
“Thank you, People Profile and Allan Cunningham (founder of the People Profile). I am humbled by this recognition, more so given the nobility and duty to care associated with the People Profile organization,” Campbell-Brown said on social media.
As a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, the Vere Technical alumnus joins the likes of Jamaicans Oliver Samuels and Leonie Forbes, who previously won the award.
Caribbean National Weekly quoted the founder of the awards, Dr Allan Cunningham, saying, “Veronica as a retired and highly successful athlete was the most fitting choice. The entire board of the People Profile Organization felt that awarding her was the best decision.”
People Profile is a nonprofit organization that acknowledges ordinary people’s contributions who have overcome extraordinary obstacles & challenges in their lives.
Campbell-Brown, who announced her retirement in June, is Jamaica’s most successful female sprinter of all time, winning 43 medals in her country’s colours.
She is an eight-time Olympic medalist and the second woman in history, behind Bärbel Wöckel of Germany (1976 and 1980 Olympics), to win two consecutive Olympic 200m events in Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008.
She also helped Jamaica 4x100m teams to four Olympic Games medals, gold in Athens 2004 and silver in Sydney 2000, London 2012 and Rio 2016.
VCB also won 100m Olympic bronze in the 100m in Athens 2004 and London 2012.
At the World Championships level, Campbell-Brown won 100m in Osaka 2007, 200m in Daegu 2011 and 4x100m in Beijing 2015.
She won 11 World Championships medals, including seven silver in 100, 200m and 4x100m.
She has five medals at the Commonwealth Games, two World Indoors 60m gold medals and two World Relays (gold and silver).
At the Junior level, Campbell-Brown won the World Junior sprint double in Santiago 2000. She also has six Carifta Games gold and four at the CAC Championships.
She was also Bydgoszcz 1999 World Youth Championships 100m and 4x100m champion.
The former Vere Technical student has personal best times of 10.76 (100m) and 21.74 (200m).